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Welcome to "Przekrój"!

In case you wonder where you are, and especially since you probably can’t pronounce the name of this website, here’s a little help. “Przekrój” (pron. ‘p-SHEH-crooy’) is the oldest magazine about society and culture in Poland. Now it’s also available in English!

“Przekrój” Magazine brings to the English reader some of the best journalism from across Central and Eastern Europe, in such fields as culture, society, ecology and literature. Stand aside from the haste and fierceness of everyday news and join us now!

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The Power of Sour

The Power of Sour
How to Make Apple Cider Vinegar

Magazine / society
Our gastronomy expert describes the culinary importance of sourness, and gives a recipe for homemade apple cider vinegar. dr Ryan Bromley

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Kuba
Janicki
Kuba Janicki

A Gotham-Like Depression

Magazine / feuilleton
A local reflects on the poisonous mystery of Kraków’s omnipresent smog, which first permeated the public consciousness around the same time that anti-pollution activists arrived in the city.
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The ‘100-Mile’ Rule

The ‘100-Mile’ Rule
The Benefits of Eating Local Food

Magazine / society
In our globalized world, the plethora of culinary choices is a wonderful thing… at least for those in the Global North. A switch to local food might benefit all of us. Monika Kucia
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We Are All Parasites

We Are All Parasites
An Interview with Bong Joon-ho

Reading / culture
Bong Joon-ho talks about inequality, violence and the family in his latest film, the Palme d’Or-winning black comedy “Parasite”. Mateusz Demski

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Olga Tokarczuk’s Books in a Nutshell

Olga Tokarczuk’s Books in a Nutshell

Reading / culture
A brief summary for those of you who haven’t read the Nobel Prize in Literature 2018 winner’s books until the very end. Grzegorz Uzdański

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The Art of Translation with Antonia Lloyd-Jones

The Art of Translation with Antonia Lloyd-Jones
The Valdemar Questionnaire

Reading / literature
Antonia Lloyd-Jones speaks with Valdemar about grisly murders, the elegance of Polish, and the lanky ghost of Józef Czapski. Ernest Valdemar
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What to Eat Instead of Meat

What to Eat Instead of Meat
A Vegan Guide to Autumn Cooking

Magazine / society
The autumn months are perfect for all sorts of meat-free stews and soups. Poland’s leading plant-based blogger describes how to cook them. Marta Dymek
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Annihilation from Underground

Annihilation from Underground
How Volcanoes Have Changed the World

Magazine / science
In the age of the Anthropocene, it seems increasingly likely that human activities will damage the climate beyond repair. But nature still holds power. With the click of a finger, the eruption of a supervolcano could sharply end existence as we know it. Andrzej Krajewski

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Franco’s Black Pearls

Franco’s Black Pearls

Reading / literature
A century or so ago, Vilnius was a very different place to today. Kristina Sabaliauskaitė takes us on a trip past the streets and characters of the city once known as Wilno, in this excerpt from her collection of stories about modern Lithuania’s capital. Kristina Sabaliauskaitė
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War, Never Again?

War, Never Again?
A Century of Anti-Fascist Art

Reading / culture
What can art do about fascism? Where does the border between artistic creation and propaganda lie? And can the latest exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw answer either of these questions? Stach Szabłowski

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Heliography

Heliography

Media / Photo
In Heliography, Nicolas Grospierre's new body of works, the photographer abandons oneof his favourite topics, architecture, to deliver works that could be seen as the antithesis ofCartier Bressons's concept of "decisive moment".
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Why After All This One and Not the Rest?

Why After All This One and Not the Rest?
Wisława Szymborska’s Extraordinary Postcards

Reading / culture
Wisława Szymborska is mostly known across the world for her poetry. Yet the Nobel Prize winner had another talent up her sleeve - since the 1970s, she’d been making witty collages pasted to postcards. Adam Zdrodowski
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A Beach at the End of the World

A Beach at the End of the World
The Unabashed Emotion of “Sun & Sea (Marina)”

Reading / culture
This year’s Venice Biennale Golden Lion winner came from the Lithuanian pavilion. The piece in question – an opera-performance on an artificial beach – encapsulates all the empathy and emotion that each of us might feel towards a world on its way to disaster. Kristina Sabaliauskaitė

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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

In Search of Silence (Part I)

Reading / feuilleton
To our detriment, silence is in short supply. In fact, noise can be harmful to both us humans and the environment we live in.
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Colours of Lost Time

Colours of Lost Time

Media / Photo
Bownik’s vision takes the intense, saturated hues of a bird’s plumage and has them disperse, turning them into a buzzing phantom of spectroscopic dimensions. These extinct creatures come back to life in the form of a mysterious spectrum that casts shade.
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Greta Thunberg: Let’s Use Nature to Fight Climate Change

Greta Thunberg: Let’s Use Nature to Fight Climate Change

Media / Video
All around us are magic machines that suck carbon out of the air, cost very little and build themselves. Trees – in all their gorgeous variety and spectacular beauty – can make a massive difference to the world, if we accept one condition: we have to leave fossil fuels in the ground, where they belong.
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October in History

October in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

Reading / society
Our eternally pessimistic correspondent gives his historical highlights for the month of October.

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A Short Essay About Mystery

A Short Essay About Mystery
The Enduring Attraction of “Dekalog”

Reading / culture
In 1989, a then obscure Polish director called Krzysztof Kieślowski made a 10-part series for Polish television. Today, “Dekalog” is still ranked as one of the best non-English television productions by IMDB. Why might this be? Carmen Gray
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Baltic Grey Seal, Lithuania, 2016

Baltic Grey Seal, Lithuania, 2016

Reading / literature
A poem by Scottish poet Gordon Meade from his Zoospeak series, which attempts to give voice to animals living in captivity. Gordon Meade

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Truth and Fictions

Truth and Fictions
An Interview with Agnieszka Holland

Reading / culture
Agnieszka Holland talks about her new film “Mr. Jones”, and how we find ourselves at a timely moment for a story about a journalist uncovering brutal facts amid perfidious misdirection. Mateusz Demski
Opinion
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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

For Free

Read

Madly, in All Directions

Ivan
Krastev
Read
Włodzimierz
Karol
Pessel
Włodzimierz Karol Pessel

Swept Up by Cultural Scholars

Read

In Search of Silence (Part I)

Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk
Read
Wojciech
Mann
Wojciech Mann

Meditations of a Lazybones

Read

Jellyfish

Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk
Read
Matthew
Coachinger

The Art of Heedless Travel

Read

An Introduction to Anna Świrszczyńska’s Warsaw Uprising Poems

Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk
Read
Jan
Ciemniewski
Jan Ciemniewski

The Energy for Change

Read

An Introduction to Charles Bernstein’s “The Darkness He Called Night”

Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk
Read
Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

On Interbeing

Read

The Girls with Pigtails

Paulina
Wilk
Paulina Wilk
Read
Agnieszka
Stein
Agnieszka Stein

Children Are People Too. Theoretically

Read

Are Art People Worse Than Hired Killers?

Stach
Szabłowski
Stach Szabłowski
Read
Matthew
Coachinger

The Practice of Heedlessness

Read

Madly, in All Directions

Ivan
Krastev
Read
Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

For Free

Read

A Typescript Found in a Folder

Stanisław
Bereś

Group 2

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Four Short Meditations for the Autumn Weather
Healthy Living

Four Short Meditations for the Autumn Weather

Magazine / society
A psychologist outlines four meditation exercises for the autumn months. Julia E.  Wahl
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How Do We Know Whether We Are Progressing Spiritually? (audio)

How Do We Know Whether We Are Progressing Spiritually? (audio)

Media / Audio
“The power of egoism is so strong, that we constantly forget who we truly are: pure being and consciousness.” Original text by Marshall Govindan Satchidananda. Read by Konstancja Dangel.
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Finding Peace Through Yoga

Finding Peace Through Yoga
A Way for Veterans to Combat Trauma

Reading / society
VEToga is a yoga programme developed specifically for war veterans. It was designed by Justin Blazejewski, who began to experience PTSD after 10 years of military service. Jowita Kiwnik Pargana
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How Can You Acquire Vast Knowledge of Traditional Kriya Yoga? (audio)
Listen to the audio

How Can You Acquire Vast Knowledge of Traditional Kriya Yoga? (audio)

Media / Audio
Kriya Yoga seminars are constantly organized in Europe and across the world. One of them will be held in Poland this autumn. During the weekend seminar, participants will learn the five-fold path of Babaji’s Kriya Yoga. Read by Konstancja Dangel.

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Be Water: The Philosophy of Bruce Lee

Be Water: The Philosophy of Bruce Lee
The 46th Anniversary of Bruce Lee’s Death

Reading / society
Bruce Lee’s philosophy was borne primarily of Western sources, especially the American counterculture. Tomasz Stawiszyński
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How Bruce Lee Reached Ten Million and Inner Harmony

How Bruce Lee Reached Ten Million and Inner Harmony
The 46th Anniversary of Bruce Lee’s Death

Magazine / society
On the 46th anniversary of his death, we consider the brief but remarkable life of Bruce Lee. Piotr Żelazny
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When Women Had the Field. The Story of Women’s Football (audio)
Listen to the audio

When Women Had the Field. The Story of Women’s Football (audio)

Media / Audio
Women’s football thrived at British filling factories during World War I, attracting incredible crowds. Yet a few years after the war, women were banned from playing the sport. Original publication by Piotr Żelazny. Read by Konstancja Dangel.
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The Speedy and the Sneaky
sports

The Speedy and the Sneaky
An Interview with Bartosz Molik

Magazine / society
Bartosz Molik, a coach of the Polish wheelchair basketball team, talks about doping at the Paralympic Games. Andrzej Kula

Video

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Greta Thunberg: Let’s Use Nature to Fight Climate Change

Greta Thunberg: Let’s Use Nature to Fight Climate Change

Media / Video
All around us are magic machines that suck carbon out of the air, cost very little and build themselves. Trees – in all their gorgeous variety and spectacular beauty – can make a massive difference to the world, if we accept one condition: we have to leave fossil fuels in the ground, where they belong.
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Professor Filutek, part 44

Professor Filutek, part 44

Media / Video
Holiday photo.
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Professor Filutek, part 43

Professor Filutek, part 43

Media / Video
Professor Filutek takes a shortcut.
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Professor Filutek, part 42

Professor Filutek, part 42

Media / Video
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
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Professor Filutek, part 41

Professor Filutek, part 41

Media / Video
Attention! A May Day picnic message from Professor Filutek.
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Professor Filutek, part 40

Professor Filutek, part 40

Media / Video
Professor Filutek’s lepidopterological passion.
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Professor Filutek, part 38

Professor Filutek, part 38

Media / Video
A new look for Professor Filutek.
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Professor Filutek, part 37

Professor Filutek, part 37

Media / Video
Professor Filutek learns to drive a plough.